In June of this year, I posted on my beta testing experience with NABOSO surface science, small nerve, proprioception stimulating technology (1.).

Recently, I received the consumer version of NABOSO called NABOSO 1.0 shown in the photo below.

NABOSO 1.0 has a tighter grid than the NABOSO beta version I have been testing. The pyramid-like texture is also smaller.

The photo below shows NABOSO 1.o on the left and NABOSO beta on the right. The photo was taken before I trimmed NABOSO 1.0 to fit my shoes. 
Here is the information that came with my pair NABOSO 1.0 insoles.

I use both NABOSO 1.0 and NABOSO beta in my Lems Primal 2 and Xero Prio shoes. I immediately sensed better balance with the tighter grid of NABOSO 1.0. But I found it interesting after going back to NABOSO beta, after a period of time in NABOSO 1.o, that NABOSO beta felt more stimulating. Based on this subjective experience, I think there may be some advantage to switching back and forth between different texture grids. Hence my interest in the new NABOSO 1.5.

NABOSO 1.5 can be pre-ordered now for a reduced price of $30 US at

Disclosure: I do not receive any form of compensation from NABOSO or Dr. Emily Splichal. Nor do I hold any shares or have any financial interest in the company. The sole benefit I derive from NABOSO is to my feet and my balance and the efficiency of my movement.

I will be testing NABOSO insoles in my ski boots this winter in conjunction with toe spreaders starting with NABOSO 1.0. I will report on my experience in a future post.



    1. I will be reporting on on snow experience this winter with NABOSO and hopefully CARV. The big problem for all skiers is creating an environment that allows the foot to fully splay. This is essential to the use of NABOSO and also the mechanics and biomechanics of 2nd rocker and whole leg rotation.

      Reader feedback is an important part of my blog. I called The Skier’s Manifesto because it is for skiers who want to contribute to the advancement of skiing as a science. I suggest you start with NABOSO 1.0 and also make a rigid monoplanar boot board (zeppa) with a total ramp angle (boot boards and bindings) of about 1.5 to 1.6 degrees. I thin sock with a small, tight weave works best. I am going to try barefoot if I can get my feet into my very stiff boots without socks.

      1. What determines ‘full splay?’ I’ve been very successful with ‘artificial toe spread’: in other words using toe spreaders mostly for my ‘compromised’ left side. As the big toe is aligned more correctly in line with the first ray/inside of foot it relieves a ‘locking of joints’ in the mid foot and helps the knee by allowing the joints to move smoothly. There is a bit of ossification in that left bunion so my big toe wasn’t perfectly aligned but when I ‘spread’ it a bit more it locked up my foot in a different way(!?) May only be me but I’m assuming as i keep my big toe spread as far as comfortable for now that the ossification will ‘melt’ away from lack of constant jamming and can then bring the big toe into it’s proper alignment eventually with only positive results and no negative ‘side effects.’.

        It is really amazing how much the alignment of the big toe effects the arch height and ‘smooth’ operation of all ones joints. It even has forced me to remove the ‘riser’ i had been wearing under my left foot due to some muscle stress in the ‘short leg’. Turns out that with my left big toe better aligned my left shoulder is almost level with the right one. I pull out the toe spreader and the left shoulder drops about an inch!!!!!!!!!!!! Pretty freaky that the body is so interconnected, that what happens at the feet effects the whole body;) Top quote a famous American homer; duh! or doh!

  1. Very interesting thread. My other sport is ultra running and feedback from my feet is essential when running rocky trail terrain at speed. I will give these insoles a whirl and post feedback, sounds intrigiuing.

    1. I trail run every day on hilly, undulating terrain. This is where I feel the greatest benefit of the NABOSO insoles on balance and movement. I also feel far more traction and power running uphill. I do lots of tests where I run for a distance then remove one insole and run without it. I also test NABOSO against other insoles including stock insoles. The differences are significant.

  2. I would like to go barefoot in my ski boots. I find ski sock expensive and generally too tight. Any looser and they bunch up. Unfortunately my skin would be rubbed raw from the liner. Any ideas?

    1. I have been aware of the negative impact of anything on the human foot, including a thin sock, since I started following the work of Benno Nigg at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary. Two seasons ago, I experimented with different ski socks. I found that thin socks with a very tight, clean weave gave the best feel. Liners are another whole story. When I built Lange race boots I used to modify the soft tricot liners with an industrial sewing machine. I would use a size larger liner and reconfigure the toe. Lange fabric liners are still one of the best liners to work with, if you can find them. I lost patience with the liners in my Head Comps and just hacked the whole front off. I have never had cold feet. But caution should be exercised especially when temperatures drop. I am seeing signs of emerging directions in some liners that gives me cause for hope. I will post on these soon. BTW, I always disconnect the tongue from the liner.

      I am going to try and put my boots on soon barefoot. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ll discuss socks that seem to work best. I do lots of testing rather than rely on someone else’s word. I am also going to try thin Ninja toe socks.

    1. Your feedback would be appreciated. It was too late to test beta last ski season. But I am looking forward to testing them this season. I rarely wear shoes whithout NABOSO. My feet feel dead without them. NABOSO is my new norm.

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